PBA Semis G1: Barangay Ginebra overwhelms TNT KaTropa – 20171002

Recap by Carlo Pamintuan / Photos by Winston Baltasar

“Two playoff games. Two beatdowns.

The Barangay Ginebra Kings are now two wins away from getting a chance at defending their title after they took a 1-0 lead in their semifinal series against TNT in the 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup with a comfortable 121-84 victory, Monday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.”

Read more: http://sports.tv5.com.ph/basketball/pba/article/barangay-ginebra-draws-first-blood-with-rout-of-tnt-in-game-1#ixzz4uMSX0Prp




PBA QF: Rain or Shine keeps Finals hopes alive by defeating TNT – 20170927

Recap by Charmie Lising / Photos by Winston Baltasar

“The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters sizzled from beyond the arc and held off a furious TNT rally to claim a 106-102 victory over the KaTropa and force a do-or-die match in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup, Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

J’Nathan Bullock fired seven triples en route to 31 points, to go with 15 rebounds, and three assists.”


UAAP80: UP makes 16 triples on the way to beating DLSU – 20170923

Write-ups by Yoyo Sarmenta / Photos by Winston Baltasar

“The UP Fighting Maroons just did the improbable.

UP took down the mighty De La Salle Green Archers, 98-87, on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in a stunning display of grit, determination, and a whole lot of belief.”


_S1A6202 UP's Jun Manzo tweeted before the game Walang imposible sa taong naniniwala
UP’s Jun Manzo tweeted before the game “Walang imposible sa taong naniniwala.”
_S1A6121 UP Rookie Robert Ricafort (#2) celebrates with his team
Controversial UP Rookie Robert Ricafort (#2) celebrates with his team


Flashback Friday: Olympic Qualifying Trials (Basketball) at MOA Arena – July 2016

Words and Photos by Winston Baltasar

In July of 2016, I shot the Olympic Qualifying Trials (Basketball) for Sports5. On the first day of the games, when Tristan Thompson of Canada (and the then NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers) posterized the Turkish center, I was there to capture the moment.
Tristan posted my photo on his Instagram page. It garnered tens of thousands of positive reactions on social media but I’m just happy to have been in the right place at the right time.img_9560


On a somber note, a few days before the games, a bomb exploded in Turkey’s airport. In the pre-game vs. Gilas Pilipinas, the Turkish team was a picture of sadness when their national anthem was played. Our thoughts went to the people who died and were gravely wounded in this tragedy.img_9504

After the Turkish National Anthem was played, it was time for Lupang Hinirang. The poignant sadness of the Turkish Team carried over to Gilas Pilipinas.img_9488

The games were highly entertaining, nevertheless. The Philippines is still Basketball Country after all. One of my favorite shots is of spitfire Terrence Romeo flashing past the much taller French player. Boris Diaw, of the San Antonio Spurs, in the background with his mouth open is a bonus.img_9570

But all good things must pass. After a week with some of the best basketball players in the world, France beat Canada to win the qualifying tournament, which got them a ticket to play in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The photo below was difficult to shoot as there was a phalanx of photographers in between the French team and me, since I had just come from the press room to send photos to my editor. I had to crawl on my hands and knees between the legs of the photographers, carrying the heavy (but fantabulous) Canon 1DX Mark II camera and an equally heavy 70-200mm lens attached it.

I saw a window of opportunity between someone’s knees and someone else’s thigh when the colored confetti flew. Tony Parker turned towards my camera with a smile and the rest is history. 

Bonus are two more NBA players in the frame, Nic Batum and the ubiquitous Boris Diaw. 

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